Track Competes at IWU Midwest
The men’s track team competed in the IWU Midwest Indoor Classic in Marian, Indiana over the weekend. There were a lot of top ranked Midwest teams including Aquinas University (13th), Cornerstone University (19th), and Bethel College (24th). This was the second indoor meet of the season for the men’s side as they have been battling the elements the last couple of weeks.
Joseph Curtis finished well in the 60 meter placing 15th with a time of 7.28 seconds. Joseph also finished 16th in the 200 meter run with a time of 23.55. Matt Stewart finished 38th in the 200 meter run with a time of 25.31. Hector Lopez ran well in the 1 mile run going 4:41.80 which was good enough for 15th.
“We have had horrible luck with the weather these past couple of weeks which put us behind schedule. I was very pleased with the effort the men gave today. Joey Curtis, Matt Stewart, and Hector Lopez had very nice meets against some great competition. We have had some nice workouts and I’m excited to see how we translate that to the track. Over the next few weeks, we will get a few more athletes cleared and healthy which will really help us take the next step,” said Coach Paterson.
The men’s team will have this week to prepare as they are getting ready to compete in the GVSU Tune Up Open in Allendale, Michigan on Friday February 14th.
Track and Field Competes at GVSU Holiday
The Crimson Wave men’s track team had their first meet of the indoor season when they competed in the GVSU Holiday Open at Grand Valley State University on Saturday. CCSJ would go on to score 16 points which ended in a 5th place finish overall.
Freshman Matt Stewart had a nice afternoon placing 3rd in the high jump which gained the Crimson Wave 6 points. Junior Hector Lopez had a 6th place finish with a time of 4:44.04 in the 1 mile run that gained the Crimson Wave three points. Freshman Jeff Potat ran 4:49.57 which gained CCSJ two points and Senior Phil Strader posted 5:04.40 which gained the Crimson Wave one point. Freshman Michael Pajdzik earned the Crimson Wave a point as well with an eight place finish in the shot put throwing 11.89m which is now the record at CCSJ.
“We had a really nice night highlighted by Mike Pajdik setting the school record in the shot put and Matt Steward just missing the qualifying standard in the high jump. We ran a lot of Freshman tonight that will get better as the season unfolds. I’m excited to see what we can do January 17th up at Grand Valley State,” said Coach Paterson.
The Crimson Wave will return to action when they travel to Allendale, Michigan to compete in the Mike Lints Alumni Open on Friday January 17th.
Track Competes at Chicagoland Championships
The Crimson Wave men’s track and field team competed at the Chicagoland Championships in Romeoville, IL hosted by Lewis University.
The Crimson Wave were led by a 6th place finish by Nick Jones in the long jump. Jones best jump landed at 6.67 meters. Tom Moore finished 11th overall in the 200 meter dash finishing in 24.23. Dan Medina took 8th overall in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 59.85.
“I am thrilled with the way our team has competed the last two meets and with conference in two short weeks this group is ready to show that CCSJ track is back. It was nice to see my senior leadership step it up this weekend I expect the whole team to follow their lead.” Said head coach Kevin Paterson
The Crimson Wave will be back in action on Saturday April 13th at the Don Kleinow Memorial Invitational.